Definition of backspring

: a spring hawser led at a forward angle to the wharf from the stern or midships

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First Known Use of backspring

1951, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for backspring

back entry 3 + spring

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“Backspring.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 27 January 2020.

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